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The Awka Capital Territory Development Authority(ACTDA) has called on developers operating in the state to desist from erecting structures on the waterways, saying such could lead to flooding.

Its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa, told the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Tuesday that the state capital, Akwa, was repleted with such recklessness on the part of developers.

Okwuosa described the act as flouting the state’s building laws as it was usually done without approval from the ACTDA, the agency in charge of development in the capital city of Anambra.

According to him, the act is unpatriotic and disheartening, warning developers operating in the state to henceforth desist from such act.

Okwuosa said that some developers do erect structures on the waterways without giving consideration to its future implications and consequences the residents would face in due course.

“Those buildings erected on waterways wreak havoc whenever it rains, this will not continue as the agency is determined to rid the city of all forms of illegal structures henceforth,” he said.

Okwuosa said that human life was more important than structures, advising land developers in the state to always obtain approvals before engaging in building construction.

He said that the agency was ready to demolish structures marked for removal henceforth, and urged developers to ensure they follow due process to avoid demolition.

Okwuosa said that structures marked either for demolition or adjustment by the agency would be removed by their owners.

He said if they failed by violating the order, such owners would be prosecuted, while the agency would remove such at their expense.

The chief executive officer said the agency had been visiting some areas where flood had wreaked havoc to destroy such 0buildings erected on the waterways in the state.

He appealed to developers to always consider safety of the people.

Okwuosa said that some buildings like parameter fence, a school, church, uncompleted building, among others, built on waterways had been marked for demolition and or adjustment by the ACTDA.

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